Chicago hasn’t won a road series against the Los Angeles Angels, Oakland or Seattle since taking two of three against the Athletics from Aug. 28-30, 2000. The White Sox are 15-48 on the road against the Angels, Mariners and A’s since the start of the 2001 season.
Tadahito Iguchi’s two-run homer in the top of the 12th inning lifted Chicago to its third straight victory, 5-3 on Friday. The White Sox went extra innings for the second day in a row to improve to 3-1 on a 10-game road trip.
Closer Dustin Hermanson bounced back to record his 32nd save with a perfect bottom of the 12th after blowing two of his previous three chances. Hermanson blew a save in Thursday’s 2-1, 10-inning win at Minnesota.
The White Sox gave Geoff Blum the start at third base Friday in place of Joe Crede, who has a small stress fracture on the tip of his right middle finger. Crede suffered the injury while attempting to bunt in Thursday’s win at Minnesota.
“I’m not going to risk that situation if it’s a close game in the bottom of the ninth inning and I can’t do what I need to do,” Crede said. “That’s hurting the team.”
Crede has struggled over his last 17 games, hitting .103 (6-for-58) with 10 strikeouts. Manager Ozzie Guillen indicated he would use Blum and Pablo Ozuna while determining how much action Crede will miss.
Chicago starter Jose Contreras is 4-2 with a 3.71 ERA in eight starts since the All-Star break. Contreras earned his second win this season against his former team—the New York Yankees—by giving up two runs and 11 hits over eight innings in a 6-2 victory Sunday.
The right-hander is 4-2 with a 3.64 ERA in 10 road starts. Contreras is facing Seattle for the first time in his career.
The Mariners opened a stretch in which they play 13 straight games against AL contenders. They have upcoming series against Yankees, Angels and A’s.
“This is not the best position to be in,” Seattle second baseman Willie Bloomquist said. “But we can take it as an opportunity to go out and play well against some contending teams. Afterwards, we can look back and say, ‘Those are postseason teams, and now we have a better idea of what we need to do to get there.”’